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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and iEARN-USA have announced a newly revised online resource to help teachers develop collaborative partnerships with educators in other countries. The new “Teachers’ Guide to Collaboration on the Internet” provides tutorials, tips, online and print resources, and specific curriculum-based projects in which U.S. teachers can participate to establish school-to-school global interaction via the internet. Examples are provided across the entire curriculum, from science and creative-arts projects to interaction in world languages. iEARN is currently active in schools and youth organizations in 115 countries. The organization works internationally with many partners to expand access by U.S. classes to the world’s students and teachers. iEARN-USA Director Edwin Gragert said the internet provides students and teachers with the opportunity to go beyond international simulations and engage directly with students in other countries. “Students have the opportunity to both learn and teach through direct interaction, enabling them to gain knowledge about and the ability to work with other cultures,” Gragert said. “These are important 21st-century skills. The Teachers Guide provided by the Department of Education helps educators equip students with these skills.”

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